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Seeking wellbeing support: Let’s end the stigma...

More teachers are reaching out for wellbeing support, but only once they have already reached crisis point. Julian Stanley says headteachers have a key role in ending the stigma over asking for help

The Education Support Partnership’s confidential helpline has been extremely busy this last year. We’ve seen the overall number of teachers calling our counsellors – who provide emotional support to education staff – rise by 35 per cent in the past 12 months to March 2018.

The highest increase has been in calls from primary school teachers – up by 54 per cent – with the majority calling at a point of crisis.

This may sound like a worrying increase, however we regard an increase in calls to our helpline as a success – it means more teachers and education staff know about us, the work we do and the help we can offer. I want to see even more teachers calling us – and that’s where headteachers come in.

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